You Won’t Believe What We Found in Another ‘Widely Adopted’ High School Textbook
A South Carolina high school, and possibly many others, are reportedly using a different history textbook that also contains a highly questionable interpretation of the Second Amendment.
Additionally, the publisher of a separate controversial advanced placement history textbook, which acts as a study guide for the advanced placement U.S. history exam and seems to diminish the Second Amendment, is directly linked to Common Core standards, TheBlaze has learned.
It appears that the poor interpretation of the Second Amendment isn’t limited to the AP history book first covered by TheBlaze on Monday.
TheBlaze has learned that a high school in Simpsonville, S.C., is supposedly using another textbook that includes a disputable definition of the Second Amendment.
“The Second and Third Amendments — grant citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers and prevent the government from housing troops in private homes in peacetime,” the book’s summary reads. In a separate box on the same page it paraphrases the amendment as “the right to bear arms,” not the right to “keep” and bear arms.
The American Textbook Council (ATC) says “The Americans” textbook is considered to be a “widely adopted history textbook” in the United States for “general-level eleventh grade classrooms.”
You might also notice that the Second and Third Amendments are strangely grouped together in a confusion way. The wording could easily be misconstrued as to mean the right to bear arms is linked to preventing the government from housing troops during peacetime, which is not the case.
It should also be noted that the Third Amendment deals not only with peacetime, but wartime as well. But the book doesn’t mention that.
“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law,” the Amendment reads.
When contacted by TheBlaze regarding the textbook and its content, Hillcrest High Vice Principal Ken Ashworth said he would have to call “right back.” When we called back hours later, Ashworth said he would not be able to provide a response.
The first book, “United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination,” not only contains a controversial summary of the Second Amendment, but it also compares the “American mobs” who fought in the Revolutionary War to the “guerrilla bans that fought in such countries as Cuba in the 1950s and Vietnam in 1960s and points out that the Boston Tea Party was “far too radical” for some.
Perfection Learning, which bought out the original publisher of the book, AMSCO, makes no effort to hide its connection to the controversial Common Core Standards. A quick review of its website reveals a “Common Core Solutions Center” and more.
“Founded by two educators in 1926, Perfection Learning provides high-quality, innovative curriculum solutions to K-12 schools across the country and internationally. All of the major programs support the Common Core State Standards,” the site’s “About Us” page reads. “Innovative literature programs provide cost-effective solutions for teaching critical thinking skills and incorporating the new demands of the Common Core State Standards.”
Listed under the publisher’s “specialties” is “Common Core trade book collections.” Multiple attempts to contact Perfection Learning have been unsuccessful.
As previously reported by TheBlaze, the history book in question defines the Second Amendment as limited to state militia. “The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia,” the summary definition reads.
Readers have submitted tips to TheBlaze claiming the book is also being used in several additional schools and districts. In addition to the schools and districts we’ve previously disclosed (here), the text is reportedly also being utilized at the Jefferson County School District in Clay, Ala., and at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C., according to parents who reached out to TheBlaze.
Andrew Kraft, social studies program manager at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, told TheBlaze that the district’s official history book is “The Enduring Vision.” However, he said it appears that the history teacher at West Forsyth High recommended the AP history book as a supplemental resource, but it is not required reading.
Kraft would not discuss the district’s view on the definition of the Second Amendment found in the book.
Messages left with the Jefferson County School District in Alabama were not immediately returned.
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BEFORE I COULD PUBLISH THAT, ALONG CAME THIS:
‘Pimp’ and ‘Mobstaz’?: Parent Aghast at 4th-Grade Worksheet That Appears Connected to Common Core
It’s the kind of children’s question most parents don’t look forward to answering.
But when Brittney Badeaux’s nine-year-old son came home from school the other day asking what a “pimp” is, imagine her surprise that her fourth-grader was introduced to the term — and other eye-opening ones — through a worksheet from his elementary school.
The assignment from Eaton Park Elementary in Abbeville, La., focuses on how related words are used in a real-world context; one of the five entries details the term “Twista”:
Carl Terrell Mitchell, better known by his stage name Twista, was born in 1972. Nineteen years later Mitchell’s first album, “Runnin’ Off at da Mouth,” debuted. In 1997, after appearing on Do or Die’s hit “Po Pimp,” Twista was signed to Atlantic Records. Under that label he released “Adrenaline Rush” and formed the group Speedknot Mobstaz in 1998. His 2004 album Kamikaze went to number-one in the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.
“My son doesn’t know what pimps and mobstaz are!” Badeaux writes in an email to KPEL-FM. “I try to teach my son respect and morals.”
“If they had to use that type of genre, I feel like they could even have used a more positive artist, not something that’s so degrading and so disrespectful,” she tells KLFY-TV.
Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau says the supplemental material was pulled from a national database. He also seemed to insinuate the worksheet was an attempt to simply conform to Common Core standards.
“We did not write this,” Puyau tells KLFY. “We are aligning to the Common Core state standards. We want to ensure that what we provide is appropriate. We are constantly looking, analyzing, and editing, and we will listen and make changes as needed.”
“Are these students going to see this on the shelves in our department stores?” he asks KPEL. “And the answer is yes. If you search it, the first thing that comes up is the actual song [“Po Pimp”]. This is real-world.”
Payau adds to KPEL that the reference to “Kamikaze” in the “Twista” entry can be related to the Japanese World War II suicide pilots, a subject that is taught in history classes.
Badeaux previously raised concerns about a similar class exercise that included a detailed description of how a machine gun works, KPEL notes.
(I, Bruce, was with her until she questioned her child being taught how a machine gun works. Nothing wrong with that! Kids should be taught how–non-sexual–things work.)
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The way this is going, I guess I’ll just change it to THE COMMON CORE BLOG. Here’s another one:
‘Is This America?’: Parent ‘Manhandled’, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core at Public Forum
Sep. 20, 2013 7:30pm | Jason Howerton
A parent in Towson, Md., was arrested Thursday night at a public forum after vocally expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to use Common Core standards in its curriculum.
Robert Small, a concerned father, was forcefully removed from the meeting by a police officer after he interrupted Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance during the question-and-answer portion of the forum.
The meeting apparently didn’t allow parents to stand up and ask questions or comment. Parents and other attendants were instead asked to write their questions on a piece of paper and officials would read them.
However, Small began speaking out against the district’s use of Common Core, prompting a security guard, who was also a police officer, to approach him and order him to leave. “Let’s go!” he said sternly.
When Small didn’t immediately comply, the officer began pulling his arm and pushing him towards the exit. Some audience members gasped at the cop’s use of force.
“Don’t stand for this,” the father said as he was dragged out. “You are sitting here like cattle! Is this America?”
Small also urged other parents to demand answers on Common Core and the curriculum being used to educate their children.
As the Baltimore Sun reports, the officer then “pushed Small and then escorted him into the hall, handcuffed him and had him sit on the curb in front of the school.”
Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer and faces a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison. He was also charged with disturbing a school operation, which carries an additional $2,500 and up to six months in jail.
Small attempted to push the officer away when he first approached him, the police report claims. Watch the video [follow the link, below, for it] and decide for yourself if Small assaulted the officer.
Despite some opposition from parents, the Maryland State Department of Education reportedly plans to go forward with its implementation of Common Core standards, joining 45 other states and Washington, D.C., in adopting the standards for the first time this year.
“Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions,” Small told the Baltimore Sun after the incident. “Why won’t they allow an open forum where there can be a debate? We are told to sit there and be lectured to about how great common core is.”
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The Left (to put their ideology kindly) has been infiltrating our educational system since the ’20s, when Marx had the ball rolling. It’s just a matter of [short] time before we turn into a communist nation. Your children will not enjoy the [limited] freedoms you’ve known.
It’s not enough to remove Obama and his administration. Much of Congress must go, along with these “educators”, 95% of the media, and Hollywood. I see the time drawing near for brave Americans to put the Second Amendment to its intended use.
But, I fear it may already be too late. Especially now that forty-five (45!) States are adopting Common Core.
Here’s an ad that needs distribution far-and-wide. Add to it as you see fit. I’ve limited it to 100 characters so it can be placed almost anywhere. It’s CRITICAL that we get the men and women of our military and police forces AWARE of our Constitution and its intent:
Tell the Military NOT to Do It to Us!
There IS a time 4 military men to disobey orders. If the orders violate the Constitution, it’s NOW!